Sunday, September 30, 2007

Reason # 1,786 why I'm not going to do well being old.

As many of you know me knows this, I don’t do well with getting older. I'm not doing well now with it. I don't do well with everything about it. I just don’t do well with the whole concept.

Well now, I have even more reasons.

After months of nagging from many friends, I finally went to see the doctor. I’ve always known this, but to make it official is something else.

Whenever I go to a Target or Kroger I generally go try out the blood pressure machine. It started out just for fun, but I continued to do it every weekend when I went to the store. This has gone on for years. I’ve always thought there might have been something wrong with the machine. The readings were generally insanely high. Like ‘Your heart may explode right now’ high.

It’s never concerned me that much. I’m generally healthy. Sure I could lose a few pounds, but the ultimate keeps me in ok shape and I don't eat too badly (except for that whole peanut obession).

I see a doctor about every 5 years. Even that’s a stretch for me. Everytime they see me, they generally have a concern, but since I don’t see them for another 5 years and I’ve moved to another city, nothing ever happens.

For some reason, the last few tests concerned me. Not that it was any higher, just that it’s that high in the first place. I told a couple of friends, then the nagging started. Lots and lots of nagging.

Finally I gave in and went to see the doc this week. I don’t know if she was acting, but she seemed quite concerned. She put me on 2 blood pressure medicines right away. I’m going back next week. I may have a 3rd.

Nothing makes you feel older than having this thought.

“Hope I don’t forget to take my blood pressure medicine today.”

Getting old sucks.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

That's what I want.

You watch The Office tonight?

You know how Pam and Jim are?

That's what I want. That's happy.

Friday, September 21, 2007

WHAT the Fuck is wrong with you people?!?

If there were ever a standard comparison among countries, something to measure and compare how well the countries of this world are doing, I would say currency comparison would be a good judge. How much each country's currency vales compares to another country's currency is probably the best that we have.

The US dollar used to be a great and strong currency that others compared to.

$1.41 US = 1 Euro - this is at an all time high
$2.01 US = 1 Pound - Also ridiculously high
$1.00 US = $1 CA - We should be quite embarassed about this. The Canadian dollar is worth the same as the US $ for the first time in about 30 years. It generally trades at $1 US = $1.5 CA.

For all you out there that doesn't care or think this is beyond you, this is a big deal. This affects our ability to buy stuff. This is a big reason why all the prices are going to go up.

This country is in Trillions of dollars of debt. You know who owns the majority of that debt? China and Saudi Arabia. How does that make you feel? We pay them billions of dollars a month just in interest.

China is not exactly a model citizen in this world. No one seems to care and no one is really able to stand up to them. Politican are either taking money from China or do not have the influence to do anything about it. Saudi Arabia is just as bad. We rely on them like a crackhead relies on a dealer. They're also not exactly our BFFs.

Yet, we pay them billions of dollars in interest. Can you be sure what they do with all that money?

This is the latest news. Dubai is about to buy a 20% stake in the NASDAQ. While financially it's not THAT consequental, symbolically it really is.

The Iraq war has cost this country over $450 Billion dollars and we're no where near done. Do you know what you could have done with $450 Billion dollars? Let me tell you.

For starters, the annual budgets of the National Science Foundation and the National Cancer Institute are $6 billion and $5 billion, respectively, the $1 trillion war cost is equivalent to 170 NSFs and 200 NCIs. Now I'm not positive as to what putting 170X more science can do, or 22X more cancer reserach can do, but I'm willing to bet, we'd be getting something more back then this war.

What do you think kills more people in the US and the world? Cancer or terrorism?

If they just mail every american a check, each of us would get a $3000 check. How's that for boosting the economy? If the money was spent in an even more ecumenical way and a global mailing list was available, the Treasury could have sent a check for more than $150 to every human being on earth. The lives of millions of children, who die from nothing more serious than measles, tetanus, respiratory infections and diarrhea, could be saved, since these illnesses can be prevented by $2 vaccines, $1 worth of antibiotics, or a 10-cent dose of oral rehydration salts as well as the main but still very far from prohibitive cost of people to administer the programs.

You could have made this country into one that the rest of the world would be envious of. This could have paid for universal health care, rebuilt New Orleans, provided funds for the country's infrastructure, and most importantly, keep this country a super power on the world stage.

But No. You did not decide to go this way. All you scared little ignorant self absorbed bitches who were crying for war. All of you had better not complain when they come take your fucking house. You did this. You did this to us. This is ALL your fucking fault.

Your poor judgement lead us into a war. Your rash reactions, your insights of stupidity. You may not have made the original terrorists, but you are now making the new generation of them. You are the ones that are nurturing them. You are allowing this to happen.

Wake the fuck up people, this country is in a LOT of trouble. We as a country have a lot of problems. We are NOT doing well.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Human Tetris Game Show

Why don't we have awesome shows like this?

Sunday, September 16, 2007


I fly a lot for my job. Once a week, or at least one every couple of weeks, I pack my bags and head off to the airport to travel around the country. To an extent, I see flying as a very common thing. It’s really not a big deal for me to have to fly.

Often times, I get a little annoyed at the people that are slow at security, or doesn’t know where to go or when to get on the plane. I used to wonder, what’s wrong with them, this is so simple.

On my flight out to Vegas last week, I sat next to a couple from Georgia. They said they’ve never been so far out west before and that this will be their first time traveling flying away from home. They had just retired and they were spending a week in Vegas. They were going to rent a car and drive to the border to say that they’ve been in California.

Just imagine. They're in their mid-60s and they've never left the south! Never seen the Pacific. There has been several times when I've seen the Atlantic and Pacific ocean in the same week.

I didn’t really think much about it at the time, but then something dawned on me later. I shouldn’t have been as shocked at this couple as I was. There are probably a lot of people out there that are in the same boat as this couple. They are probably more the norm than I think. People who live their lives in one general area and never traveled around. While that seems very strange to me, my idea of things are probably skewed.

This lead me to think about some of my other ideals. I wonder what else I think is/should be usual or something simple that really is not for other people. Is working a 12 hour day and then wanting to go out not the norm? Is it not a normal expectation that people not get tired? Is preparing for a zombie uprising not something everyone does?

I know this gets me into trouble. I have theses ‘expectations’ or ideas about things and how things should be. Naturally, they’re not always as I think. I know it shouldn't but when things are happening as I think they should be, it greatly upsets/surprises me.

I guess knowing is half the battle.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

In light of 9/11

A great commentary from Olbermann:

The terrorist caused a sensational act of destruction on 9/11 in 2001 which lead to an unity within this country and around the world. A real leader would have taken this unity and made not only the United States a stronger country and one that would be the shinning example of democracy, but that would also fight terrorism at the root of the problem which is not any group of people, but an ideal.

As we all know, this was not the path that we took. We do not have a good leader. This was not the way that the president saw fit to solve the problem. Like an immature child, the president and his war hawks seek to solve this problem only through force and war. This is exactly what the terrorists wanted. Six years later, the terrorists are winning because we are still in this battle.

The terrorists have nothing to live for other than war. Without the identity of war, without an ability to die as a martyr, they have nothing. By being in this war, we give them the oxygen they need to live, we give them the reason to grow, and we are the ones that give them their reason to die.

The United States in involved in a war that it cannot get out of. Instead of having the strong democratic government with checks and balances that this country has worked so hard to build and ask others to follow, we have an out of control executive branch that is corroding everything the constitution stands for. No longer are we the country that a developing country would look to as an example of what they would like to become. Instead of teaching other what is best and what to be like, we've become the shinning example of what not to be like and how not to run a government.

Make no doubts, this country is in a state of disarray. This is not the time for foolish pride and chants of 'We're #1, We're #1'. We need to recognize that this country has been falsely lead into a war that is draining all our resources. The leaders of this country are wasting our money on war and at the same time ignoring and under funding everything that has made this country great such as education, science, arts, medicine, research, humanitarian efforts, etc.

Internally, the country's infrastructure has been way under funded. Our education system has terrible needs that really need attention. Health care is out of control. Everyday, the wealth gap grows further and further. These are the kind of things that rots a country from within. These are major problems that takes generations to fix.

Internationally, we continue to fall behind on everything. The dollar's at an all time low vs. the Euro and the pound. Other countries are producing more scientific research, more highly educated people, and even healthier people than us (there are 40 nations that has higher average life spans than the US).

All because we are all focused on this 'terrorism'.

How much worse does things have to get before we realize that battling 'terrorism' and being in a war is what the terrorist wants. We are helping them by being in the war. At the same time, we are ignoring the biggest reason why the terrorists want to fight us in the first place. Our biggest beam of light. Our democracy and freedoms. Our ability to help those in need.

This president is ignoring and eroding all the good things about this country with fascist programs like surveillance of the public and everything having to do with Patriot Act. An act that couldn’t be more against what this country stands for. The president has the same mentality as the terrorist who thinks anything can be achieved through force. The president is making us more like the people we fight every day. Soon, we will be nothing but an empty war machines that doesn’t know anything other way of life.

Something needs to change, and it needs to change soon. The longer this goes on, the deeper the hole we will be digging ourselves. We are already losing our status as the best country in the world. Let’s not lose our status as a relevant country in the world. It’s not improbable. The way we’re going, it will happen.

Good night, and good luck.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Vegas, Vegas, Vegas!

You guys know the drill.

Yada Yada.. Going to Vegas.

Yada Yada.. Need numbers from you to play roulette.

Yada Yada.. Big Money... Big Prizes... No Whammies!!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Survey Survey Survey

Because I’m a sucker for this kind of thing.

1. What time is it? 10:06am
2. What's your full name? Pupbert
3. What are you most afraid of? Being unprepared for a zombie uprising.
4. What is the most recent movie that you have seen in a Theater? Stardust. Go see it!
5. What color are your socks right now? I almost never wear socks.
6. Favorite food? Pork Chops, Bacon, tofu, BBQ
7. Ever dyed your hair, if so what color? Yes. Red.
8. Ever been to Alaska? No. On my list.
9. Ever been toilet paper rolling? Yup. Lesson learned? Don’t take T with you.
10. What are you listening to right now? Regina Spektor
11. Been in a car accident? Yes. 4 to be exact. Only 1 my fault.
12. Croutons or bacon bits? Bacon of course.
13. Favorite day of the week? Thursday
14. If you were a crayon what color would you be? Green
15. Favorite sport to play? Ultimate Frisbee
16. Favorite sport to watch? Football
17. Favorite drink? Jack and Coke, Sweet Tea
18. Favorite ice cream? Gummy bear Swirl. No one makes it though :(
19. Can you drive a stick shift? A little bit. Yes, a little bit. Don’t give me no arguments on this woman.
20. Ever been on a ship? Yup.
21. What color is your bedroom carpet? Beige
22. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Zero. Got passed with a D
23. What was your favorite toy as a kid? Other Kid’s toys
24. What do you do when you are bored? Don’t really get bored.
25. Bedtime? 1-2am
26. Favorite season? Fall
27. What states/Provinces have you lived in? California , Georgia , Kansas, Colorado, Tennessee
28. Last person you went to dinner with? Dad
29. Favorite TV shows? The Office, Heroes, So you think you can dance, The Daily Show if i had cable
30. What’s the most important thing you have? Pup
31. What are your favorite colors? Red, Orange, and Green
32. How many tattoos do you have? None
33. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken. No seriously, that’s the answer. 34. How many pets do you have? None. I want a dog though.
35. What do you want to do before you die? I have a list.
36. Favorite Holiday? Halloween
37. Have you ever been to? Nope
38. Have you been to countries outside your home country? Yep
39. Time this survey ended? 10:22 a.m.